Here comes the last blogging about my exchange journey in Maastricht.
4 Months here passed so fast as if I have just arrived few days ago. As an international student from Hong Kong, it is my first time in Europe, explaining why I’m always travelling around and didn’t spend much time here. (I regret now!!!)
Maastricht is just so close to other countries like Belgium and Germany, and I can stay maybe it’s one the most convenient place to get around Europe. (Full details about transport can refer to the post about “Transport”).
Just take the bus from the station, we can get to Aachen (Small town in Germany) in around an hour then switch to Cologne for flight. Or just stop in Vaals to walk around the boarders of the three countries!
Sometime it’s just easy to take the train to Brussels in 1.5 hours by switching in Liege, the two Brussels airports are too convenient to get to, and many cheap flights fly from there!
If to fly from Netherlands, just get to Eindhoven in an hour or Amsterdam within 3 hours. Remember to get a group ticket so that you can hop-on and hop-off different stops as many times as you wish within the day! (But NS train seems having an intention to cancel the group ticket offer from January 2016, but something new will be coming out! So don’t miss that!)
Maastricht has a lot of good cafe if you would love to get a coffee!
Here I have some recommendations!
1. Tea Zone
Best if you love tea, especially chinese tea and fruit tea! Also the scone and greentea white chocolate cake are awesome!
The cheese cake here is the best, so smooth and not that sweet! Also try the smoothies which are refreshing. People also have high tea here but have to reserve in advance.
3. Alley Cat
A cafe with “Bicycle” as the theme. So nice and quite for a rest or revisions! The apple muffin is so nice and crunchy, just like an apple crumble but way much better!
4. KOFFIE Bomb
This could be the best coffee and peaceful atmosphere, which is always crowded with people.
5. Cafe Zondag
The salmon bagel and sandwich are really nice and fresh! Get one on sunday and chill for the whole day!
6. Chocolate Company
Choose whatever taste of chocolate spoon you want and melt it with hot milk form! But it’s difficult for me with so many choices; but the black and white chocolate and 40% ones are really nice with strong chocolate flavour!
Or if you are an ice-cream lover, you have to go to Australian which is near the City Hall to grasp the best mango sorbet and belgium chocolate ice cream! People also recommend Luna Russa but I definitely go for the former!
After chilling for the whole day, just walk around the city and watch a movie. Every Tuesday the cinema promotes the ticket which you can get at 5euro!
Of course, as an exchange student, travelling is mandatory, haha!
For the weekend, just go to Belgium which I highly recommend Bruges and Ghent. They are actually quite similar to Maastricht with all the canals and rivers channeling the whole city, peaceful though!
For Aachen, Cologne and Dusseldorf, just get on the bus to Aachen and change to train. It’s the fastest way to satisfy your need for German taste and the Cologne Cathedral definitely worths a visit and the restaurant near the river has the best and traditional pork trotters and so do the best ramen at Naniwa Noodles and Soup!
Also, just go to anywhere you wish during your stay and make good use of the time! I went to Barcelona, Switzerland, England, Croatia, Iceland… but to be frank, staying in Maastricht and exploring Netherlands is another good choice!
Enjoy your exchange journey and let it be the best memory in life!